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Prayers of the people: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 18 November 2018

08 November 2018

Introductory reflection

The contrast could hardly be more startling. Apocalyptic upheaval and cosmic chaos followed by the homely image of a tree in leaf. How could the simple sign of a springtime tree equip us for the convulsions of the end times? Yet time and again it is with such small and earthy things – a grain of wheat, an imperial coin, a wedding invitation – that Jesus elicits our faith. In the end he offers the simplest of gifts – a morsel of broken bread and a shared cup of wine – to communicate the whole mystery of creation and redemption. With these we proclaim his death, profess his resurrection and await his return in glory.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who are fearful of the future, that the power of hope may be set free in their hearts.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.


Dear friends, with watchful hearts we look for Christ’s return in glory. As we wait let us pray for the whole created world to be brought to fulfilment.


  1. We pray for the human family. May God’s spirit endow us with the wisdom and courage we need to avert nuclear or environmental catastrophe. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for Christian communities around the world. Amid the uncertainties and threats of our time, may they inspire trust in the future promised us by God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. May they find relief from the violence, exploitation and neglect of corrupt regimes. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for believers wherever they are being persecuted for their faith. May a new era of religious tolerance dawn upon them without delay. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the children of every land. May they be welcomed, loved, nurtured and kept safe throughout their years of childhood. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for the many people who have no ready access to clean water or sanitation systems. May nations unite to provide them with these basic necessities. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for artists and entertainers of every kind. May they be appreciated for the creative gifts that enrich our lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for secondary school students celebrating the completion of their final exams. May they enjoy this special time happily and safely. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased . . . and those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May all who sleep in death awaken to everlasting life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Heavenly Father, by your Word you brought all things to birth, and by your Word you call them home to you. Keep us true to the Word made flesh, your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.


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